Criminal Gangs Are Behind the Destruction of the Brazilian Amazon

Criminals, violence, and illegal activity drive deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to a new report. This is a brutal reminder that the people setting the Amazon rainforest on fire will do so at any cost – even human life. Read More >>

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UN Scientists Just Endorsed a Piece of America’s Green New Deal to Fight Global Inequality

The United Nations released a new science-based report Wednesday that shows the ways climate change can reverse the progress the world has made to end inequality through the UN’s sustainable development goals. The international institution offers plenty of solutions to combat this disappointing reality, but among them is a key piece of a proper Green New Deal – and that’s a just transition, baby. Read More >>

How Soon Can Oil and Gas Operations Begin In Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

The oil and gas industry is one step closer to accessing Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management released the final environmental impact statement for oil and gas drilling on the refuge’s 607,000-hectare coastal plain on Thursday. Read More >>

Hurricane Dorian Oil Spill in Bahamas Has Spread to the Sea

Clean up and assessment of an oil spill on Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian has begun – and the oil may have travelled beyond land and into the sea. Read More >>

Hurricane Dorian Caused an Oil Spill That Could Be a ‘Socioeconomic Tragedy’

Hurricane Dorian’s devastation has killed at least 30 in the Bahamas. All this death has a distinct smell, Sam Teicher said. The founder of Coral Vita, a coral-growing operation based Grand Bahama, had that awful, hair-raising stench in his nose all day on Thursday as he drove around trying to help those in need. Only one other odour was able to distract Teicher from the lingering odour of death: oil. Read More >>

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Climate Change Could Be Ruining the ‘Greatest Orgy of the World’

Climate change may be messing with corals’ ability to reproduce, threatening them with extinction, according to a new study. Read More >>

Plastics Could Mark the Start of a Geological Era

Take a look into the geological record, and you might just find...plastic? Read More >>

The Jury’s Still Out on How Bad Sunscreens Are for Corals

Mikhail Matz loves corals. As a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Matz is well aware of the many threats corals face: global warming, pollution, ocean acidification, you name it. But when it comes to the danger posed by sunscreen chemicals – some of which are now banned in certain U.S. states and countries after research found they could bleach coral in the lab – Matz just isn’t convinced. Read More >>

Scientists Just Took a Big Step In the Race to Save the Northern White Rhino

Thanks to groundbreaking science, conservationists could save the critically endangered northern white rhino. Only two animals of this species remain – Najin and Fatu, both of which are female – and an international team of scientists have come together to harvest 10 eggs from the hopeful rhino mamas in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. And now scientists have successfully inseminated seven of the 10 eggs already, which means our first artificially bred northern white rhino may be in the foreseeable future. Read More >>

Leo’s £4 Million Donation Is Great, But It’s Not Enough to Save the Amazon

Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental organisation Earth Alliance created a donation fund over the weekend to help address the crisis in the Amazon. The actor kicked in a $5 million (£4.1 million) donation, and the group is calling on the public to help as well. Read More >>

The Amazon Forest Fires Are a Form of ‘Genocide’

When Richard Pearshouse visited indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon in April to investigate illegal deforestation, he heard countless horrors of land grabbers directly threatening and intimidating people. One story, however, really stuck with the head of environment and crisis with Amnesty International: a 22-year-old mother who finally lulled her children to sleep despite the sound of nearby gunfire only to find herself suffering the same insomniac fate. She was so scared, she couldn’t sleep. Read More >>

The Lawless High Seas May Soon Gain Protections Under a Groundbreaking Ocean Treaty

THE SARGASSO SEA—Ana Paula, the Esperanza’s officer in charge of the crew and equipment, readies the great white crane to drop the manta trawl into the Sargasso Sea. The trawl’s yellow wings and nearly 10-foot long mesh net that give it the appearance of a manta ray, its namesake, stretch out alongside the Esperanza, a 425-tonne ship owned by Greenpeace that has spent the last five months traversing the open seas. The sky over this corner of the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda is a little grey and the water’s a little rough, but the conditions are safe enough for the ship’s crew to let the trawl glide through the ocean this summer afternoon. Read More >>

Dirty Air May Increase Your Risk for Depression and Bipolar Disorder

With every breath you take, you’re inhaling a lot more than just the oxygen your lungs crave. Particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, ozone—all pollutants known to damage the heart and lungs—probably enter your body, too. Read More >>

Big Donors Are Pulling Out of Brazil’s Amazon Fund; That Could Spell Trouble for the Rainforest

Norway and Germany have been helping support the Brazilian government for its efforts to reduce deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest for some 10 years now. These financial rewards—the annual donations to the Amazon Fund, which the Brazilian Development Bank manages—have amounted to nearly $1.3 billion (£1.1 billion). Read More >>

Google Is Doing Something Good With Its Money This Hurricane Season

After natural disasters strike, families are forced to cobble their lives back together. However, government aid may take months to reach the hands of those who need it. In the interim, organisations usually rally to send items such as food and water into hard-hit communities, but what if groups gave survivors cold, hard cash so they could buy what they actually need? Read More >>